This is a story about my grandmother’s perception, the objects that surrounded her with which I grew up, her garden, her house in Normandy, her taste for fashion, and beautiful things that she passed on to me, and Africa… always Africa. My grandfather was from Togo but he died very young, yet she kept very close contacts with this African family year after year, she’s our only link with this black side that we can see on our skin and which seems so far from our native Normandy, France. All the styling are items found in her closet, the fabrics used for the images have been brought back by her from Ghana and Togo (Wax et Keta). Her expressions are distinguished, proud, and independent. —by photographer Léa Bartet-Friburg
This is a story of loss and change, of family, land and redevelopment. Thủ Thiêm is an urban development project on District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. As in almost all stories of redevelopment, there’s a back-story. Before its clearance, Thủ Thiêm was one of the most densely settled areas in the city and included a central market established in 1751. As of today, site clearance of the area is almost completed, between 14-15,000 households have been removed from the development site and resettled after more of a decade clearing 720 hectares of land. The following images aim to tell the back-story, looking at a family who’s lived there, in the same house, for more than a 100 years. They have almost no neighbours left, just rubble and empty spaces around them. This is their story: All images courtesy of photographer Adriana Roos More information and data about Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area
Sanssouci is a palace in Potsdam, near Berlin. Its French name translates as “without concerns”, meaning “without worries” or “carefree.” It was intended to be the summer palace for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, as a place for relaxation vs. a seat of power. “The location and layout of Sanssouci above a vineyard reflected the pre-Romantic ideal of harmony between man and nature, in a landscape ordered by human touch.” — More about Sanssouci In this photo editorial, Ukranian artist Anton Shebetko studies the relationship between ourselves and this timeless space. Exploring our perception of the [Rococo-style] sculptures, the way we interact with this frozen-in-time-place that was conceived for the joy of the senses.
French-photographer Alex Brunet, long-time VAGA contributor, has been exploring different sides of photography for a while. Starting as a sports photographer and then landing glossy editorial pages for fashion magazines such as POP, Italian Vogue, TANK or Dossier Journal, among many others. Below is a selection of his personal work, part of an exhibition recently shown at Galerie Very Art Space, Paris. Where did you grow up? Alex: I grew up in a small city in the countryside called Chartres (1h 20min train ride, South Paris), very quiet city. I was quite bored there when I was kid but now somehow I appreciate to come unwind and enjoy the silence there… What are your favorite places to eat in Paris? Alex: I love eating and food in general… I really appreciate Japanese or Italian food, If I have to pick a few I would recommend Sapporo for their Ramen, or Kunitoyara for Udons, for some great pizza and Italian food.. I would say Grazie in the 3rd of Paris. It’s difficult to choose only a few places …
“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. He was lying on his back as hard as armor plate, and when he lifted his head a little, he saw his vaulted brown belly, sectioned by arch-shaped ribs, to whose dome the cover, about to slide off completely, could barely cling. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, were waving helplessly before his eyes.” The Metamorphosis – Kafka Photography by Paul Rousteau
The images below are a selection from a photo documentary shot by photographer Giulio Magnifico. The photos were taken in May and June 2015 along the Syrian/Turkey border. Some others images were captured in Iraq, September 2014, during the war between ISIS – Da3sh and opposites. Most of the subjects are Syrian refugees kids who fled from their destroyed homes and country devastated by the long civil war. More images and videos at photographer’s website.
This is the second editorial in a collection dedicated to upcoming photographers and artists living outside the circles of major fashion centers. In this story artists Federico Ferrari and Alberto Moreu shot Udine-based artist Stefania Rota. More in Photography
Shot on location by Kate Bellm, Fashion Niki Pauls, Hair and Makeup Christian Fritzenwanker, Assistants Minni Podewills and Sara Marx, Production by Production Berlin On previous slide: Julian and Yen, high school students from Berlin, wearing jacket Adidas originals, jeans Energie, belt Carhartt. Yen wears shorts Replay, tights Falke. On this slide: Daria, model, wears sweater and skirt Starstyling, shoes Vans, bag Eastpack. Emil, model, wears cap and trousers Acne, jacket Levi’s, watch G-shock. Lenny is a skater and student from Berlin. In this shots he wears (left) hat Adidas originals, jean jacket Acne. (Right) beanie and shorts Adidas originals, tank H&M, socks Nike, shoes Vans, jewelry stylist’s own. Anna Liset Ahlers, actress from Berlin, wears pullover PRPS, tight Happy Socks, shoes Dr. Martens. Raf, studen from Berlin, wears hat Patricia Field, jumper model’s own. All clothes model’s own. Christoph, model from Berlin, wears jeans Cheap Monday, boxershorts CK Calvin Klein. Minnie is a stop motion movie maker from Berlin in this shot she wears jacket Bernhard Willhelm, bra CK Calvin Klein. Pia, model, wears jean jacket Diesel, vintage Dress, shoes Jeremy …